Art in the library
“Babylon Baymen,” an oil painting by Norman Raffol, depicts a quintessential scene on the Great South Bay.

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Art in the library

Story By: RICK CHALIFOUX
9/3/2015


EAST ISLIP—On Tuesday evening, the Arts Council of the East Islip Public Library hosted the opening reception of its 30th annual Juried Art Show. The event featured an assortment of fine paintings by a range of local artists throughout the second floor gallery.
This year marked the first time the event was held at the library itself. Previously, the show took place at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum.
“This is such a nice venue to showcase the paintings,” said library coordinator and business manager Judy Moccio. “We have greater flexibility here and can run our exhibits for as long as we want. It offers great exposure for a lot of very talented local artists.”
“I’m proud that we had it here because I really do want to showcase our beautiful gallery,” said library director Guy Edwards. “Thousands of people walk through our doors, and anyone who comes through here will get a chance to see our displays.”
This particular show—which runs until Sept. 27—offers a variety of artworks spanning across different subjects and mediums. Visitors are encouraged to submit their favorite pieces into a submission box, and the artwork will be judged on the morning of Saturday, Sept. 5. Meanwhile, each subsequent show in the coming months will feature works by a single artist. Most of the pieces on display are also available for sale.
East Islip painter Jeanne Rogers submitted three of her own works for the show—all beautiful watercolors centered on Long Island seascapes.
“I grew up on Long Island, and I’m inspired by its terrain and landscapes,” said Rogers, a retired art teacher who belongs to multiple local and national art and historical organizations. “I find Long Island inspirational with all of the beautiful spots we have. It’s nice to be able to share my work with others, and when they like it it’s kind of like icing on the cake. It’s great to see that someone appreciates what I do.”
Lindenhurst resident Trudy Runyan had two unique pencil pieces included in the show, one depicting a “Happy Frog” performing a handstand on a mushroom and another of a relaxing grasshopper named “Surfer Dude.” 
“For me, this isn’t a job,” said Runyan, who also has an extensive photography background and incorporates some of those ideas into her drawings. “It’s something that gives me joy.”
The gallery is available for viewing during all of the library’s regular hours. A Closing Reception and Awards Presentation will take place on Sunday, Sept. 27 at 2 p.m. 
For more information on the Arts Council of the East Islip Public Library, visit www.eiplartscouncil.wordpress.com, email eiplartscouncil@gmail.com, or call 581-9200.